Auto STEAM Days

Auto STEAM Days

December 4-5, 2019

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Middle and high school students learned about careers in automotive design, robotics, manufacturing, and the technology that makes it happen!

    A sample of the great experiences offered to students

  • Check out the latest trends in automotive design and technology
  • Talk with experts in the fields of engineering and robotics
  • Experience digital sketching and automotive clay modeling
  • Realize the high-tech world of production design
  • Understand the world of automated connected vehicles
  • Discover coding and traffic light programming
  • Learn about augmented reality, drivelines, and surface traction
  • Experience high-tech vehicles on display
  • Operate hands-on skilled trades exhibits and learn about apprenticeship

Auto STEAM Sponsors

Explore Manufacturing
Presented by Macomb Community College
with Auto STEAM Days

Explore Careers in Manufacturing & Technology

Thursday, December 5, 2019
5:30 - 8:00 pm

Macomb Community College
Sports & Expo Center

In affiliation with Auto STEAM Days, the 2019 Explore Careers in Manufacturing and Technology event was held Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, at Macomb Community College's Sports and Expo Center in Warren, MI.

This annual evening event provided students, parents, and the general public the opportunity to learn more in-depth information on careers and education programs in automotive, advanced manufacturing, as well as apprenticeship information through presentations, discussions and networking.

Connect with Industry Insiders

  • Discover the career pathway that's right for you
  • Hear from recent grads who found good-paying career employment
  • Meet local businesses and learn who employers are hiring
  • Learn about job skills that are in high demand
  • Learn about apprenticeship programs including the Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+)

Trade Talks

  • Industry of the Future
  • Getting into an Apprenticeship
  • Career Options and Outlook

Manufacturing and technology companies were invited to have a networking table at the event. If your company is interested in participating in next year's event, please contact Ashley Schloss at schlossa@macomb.edu.


STEAM Summer Camp

STEAM Summer Camp

July 29 - August 2, 2019
August 5 - 9, 2019

The CAAT and Macomb Community College collaborated with Macomb Foundation generous contributors, General Motors and Bosch, to offer 48 area middle school students the opportunity to explore STEAM careers through interactive, hands-on activities at week-long STEAM Career Camps. Activities focused on STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics).

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Several Macomb faculty members and the CAAT’s STEM Outreach Coordinator, Saleta McMurray, engaged students with hands-on experiments and activities and explained how they apply to STEAM careers.

  • Science activities include examples of chemical transformations – one using a chemical solution and one using heat – to change a penny’s color from copper to gold, and a physical transformation by freezing a rose with liquid nitrogen and smashing it. Students also built a rocket which they were allowed to launch outside.
  • Technology and Engineering activities focused on automotive engineering and allowed students the opportunity to build Lego robot cars.
  • Arts & Architecture activities allowed students to design a room and built a model from their own design.
  • Math activities utilized obtuse, acute and right angles to depict math as non-intimidating. Students learned about computer bytes by using coding to create a keychain with their initials on it. Students also created transporters to carry as many pennies as far as possible. Students were also asked to create a penny transporter using provided materials in a short period of time.

On Friday morning each week, students were provided the unique opportunity to participate in a field trip to College Park Industries, a bio-technology company located across the street from Macomb Community College. College Park designs and manufactures a full line of anatomically correct, customizable prosthetic foot systems, upper limb solutions, endoskeletal components and MetroLiner gel products. After the tour, parents joined their students at Macomb for lunch and saw a video depicting all of the exciting and educational activities the students participated in throughout the week.

After attending STEAM Summer Camp, 100% of the students who completed a survey expressed interest in pursuing a STEAM career, most students also expressed interest in learning more about the STEAM subject areas. Students comments on the survey included:

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  • “This was amazing! I am looking forward to next year. I will be happy to come back!”
  • “I had lots of fun and wish it was longer so I could learn and do more.”
  • “Best camp I've ever been to.”
  • “I love this program. I will 100% be back next year. Thank you guys so much.”

Read the articles in the Tech Center News, and in C&G News.

To learn more contact Saleta McMurray, STEM Outreach Coordinator, phone: 586.445.7127.


College for Kids

C4K: College for Kids

July 18, 2019

STEM Career Exploration Lab (CEL) for middle school (6th-9th grade) students and their parents. Students and parents design, test, and build three projects (Hovercraft, Catapult, and Safety Helmet) while learning about engineering careers.

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To learn more, or to register, contact Saleta McMurray, STEM Outreach Coordinator, phone: 586.445.7127.


Girl Scouts Engineering Day

Girls Scouts of Southeast Michigan

February 23, 2019

The CAAT is pleased to have hosted the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) Engineering Day. Junior, cadette, and senior girl scouts and parents participated in the event at Macomb Community College's South Campus. The event encouraged girl scouts in grades 4th-12th to explore the fields of engineering and technology.

The morning session included engineering-focused hands-on activities, including sessions led by our own Saleta McMurray.  The afternoon session featured the movie Dream BIG: Engineering our World, and various robotics demonstrations by the Oakland University Makers Club.

This event completed some requirements of the THINK LIKE AN ENGINEER badge, as part of our annual ENGINEERS WEEK CELEBRATION.

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